Within the last hour, a bipartisan handful of New Jersey Congressional Delegation members fired off a letter to President Barack Obama to make Ms. Joanne Chesimard’s extradition from Cuba an immediate priority.
The following members signed the letter: U.S. Representatives Bill Pascrell, Scott Garrett, Frank LoBiondo, Rodney Frelinghuysen, and Frank Pallone.
Authorities convicted Chesimard of the 1973 killing of a state trooper.
Chesimard escaped to Cuba in 1979 where President Fidel Castro granted her political asylum.
The issue resurfaced last year with Obama’s controversial executive decision to move ahead with normalized U.S.-Cuba relations.
The move enraged Cuban-Americans U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires (D-8).
Today, their New Jersey colleagues attempted to keep the Chesimard case in the forefront.
“For too long the Cuban government has aided and abetted a convicted murderer,” the congressmen wrote to the president. “We strongly request that your administration ensures justice is served by making Ms. Chesimard’s extradition a top priority.”